The concept of Gross National Happiness or GNH was conceptualised in Bhutan which has captured the imagination of world leaders, policy makers, thinkers and diverse literary personalities around the world. It was also adopted by the United Nations. The concept of Gross National Happiness revolves around socio-economic development of a nation with equal important given to the Happiness and environment unlike its other measuring index, GDP. Visit Bhutan with us to know more about this wonderful concept.
Bhutan is one of only a few countries which have been independent throughout their history, never conquered, occupied, or governed by an outside power
The consolidation of Bhutan occurred in 1616 when Ngawanag Namgyal, a lama from western Tibet known as the Zhabdrung Rinpoche, defeated three Tibetan invasions, subjugated rival religious schools, codified the Tsa Yig, an intricate and comprehensive system of law, and established himself as ruler over a system of ecclesiastical and civil administrators. After his death, infighting and civil war eroded the power of the Zhabdrung for the next 200 years. In 1885 Ugyen Wangchuck was able to consolidate power, and began cultivating closer ties with the British in India.
In 1907, Ugyen Wangchuck was elected as the hereditary ruler of Bhutan, crowned on December 17, 1907, and installed as the head of state, the Druk Gyalpo (Dragon King). In 1910, King Ugyen and the British signed the Treaty of Punakha which provided that British India would not interfere in the internal affairs of Bhutan if the country accepted external advice in its external relations. When Ugyen Wangchuck died in 1926, his son Jigme Wangchuck became ruler, and when India gained independence in 1947, the new Indian Government recognized Bhutan as an independent country.
* Official Name: Kingdom of Bhutan
* Head of State: His Majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck
* Head of Government: Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay
* Government Type: Democratic
* Capital: Thimphu
* Area: 38,934 Sq KM
* Population: 7,30,000
* Literacy: 59.5%
* Life Expectancy: 66 years (men), 70 years (women)
* Major Languages: Dzongkha, Tsanglakha, Lhotshamkha (Nepali)
* Major Religions: Buddhism and Hinduism
* Monetary Unit: 1 Ngultrum = 100 Chhetrum
* Main Exports: Electricity, Cash crops: Apple, Oranges, Cardamom
* Per Capita Income: Nu 89,639.04 or US$ 1,851.66
* International Dial Code: +975
This map highlights all the tourist related places in Bhutan. It shows the different tourism attractions in Bhutan.
Bhutan's Culture & Tradition is one of the most preserved in the whole world to date. Away from all the chaos of the world, Bhutan has successfully preserved its culture & tradition alongside the changing times. Modernity is well engraved in all Bhutanese with it's age old tradition and culture intact and practised even today.
Beautiful & colorful festivals, humbleness & decency in all dealings, respecting all sentient beings and strong values makes the people of Bhutan unique in many ways.
Most of the Bhutanese follow Buddhism and it is practised in everyday life making Bhutan a peaceful & compassionate country. Buddhism plays a very important role in the culture & tradition of Bhutan and it is evident from the lives of a Bhutanese.
Bhutan has a population of little over 7,00,000 and it comprises of many different ethnic groups. Humble and helpful is the first impression you get when you meet and interact with a Bhutanese. Simple in nature and good in making friends. Peaceful and very religious.
Bhutanese people primarily consist of the Ngalops and Sharchops, called the Western Bhutanese and Eastern Bhutanese respectively. The Lhotshampa, meaning Southerner Bhutanese, are a heterogeneous group of mostly Nepal ancestry.
The Ngalops primarily consist of Bhutanese living in the western part of the country. Much the same could be said of the Sharchops, who traditionally follow the Nyingmapa rather than the official Drukpa Kagyu form of Tibetan Buddhism.
Tshechu literally means the tenth day. It is celebrated on the tenth day of a month of the lunar Tibetan calendar to commemorate Guru Rinpoche as he promised to be present during this festive occasion. It is celebrated annually in all district or dzongkhag of Bhutan. They are religious festivalsof the Drukpa Lineage of the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism.
Tshechus are large social gatherings, which perform the function of social bonding among people of urban, remote and spread-out villages. The Thimphu tshechu and Paro tshechu are among the biggest of the tshechus in terms of participation and audience.
The focal point of the tshechus are Cham dances. These costumed, masked dances typically are moral vignettes, or based on incidents from the life of the 9th century Nyingma teacher Padmasambhava and other saints. Most tshechus also feature the unfurling of a Thongdrel - a large appliqué thangka typically depicting a seated Padmasambhava surrounded by holy beings, the mere viewing of which is said to cleanse the viewer of sin. The Thongdrel is raised before dawn and rolled down by morning.
Architecture of Bhutan is world renowned for it's uniqueness in design and material use. It does have some similarity with Tibetan architecture but many enhancements to it and indigenous methods has been incorporated. Bhutanese local artisans and architects have attained mastery in constructing structures on steep cliffs and hill tops that are earthquake proof and even weather proof.
Your visit to Bhutan comprises of visiting the Dzongs & Monastery which is a standing example of excellence and marvel of Bhutanese architecture. Complimented equally by the beautiful and colourful paintings and carvings make the structures a visual treat
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My dear Tenzin, I am writing to express our deep and heartfelt gratitude to your exceptional hospitality during our recent 8 day trip to your amazing country - Bhutan. Frankly, I had quite a bit of anxiety before the trip but right from your reception at Paro Airport to our stay in Thimpu, P
Thank you Tenzin for making our holidays in Bhutan a remarkable one. We appreciate you showing us and letting us know much more about Bhutan than we had anticipated. We are taking back so many memorable memories of Bhutan with us. Your humours and humble ways of enlightening us about Bhutan is remar
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